CAPS urges government to accept the findings of the Royal Commission


CAPS General Manager Jeff Taylor

Child Abuse Preventions Services (CAPS) has welcomed the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and urges the federal government to accept the commissions findings as they are key to ensuring this type of abuse of Australian children is never allowed to happen again, says CAPS General Manager Jeff Taylor.

CAPS whole heartedly applauds the work the Royal Commission has completed over the last five years and supports the recommendations put forward in its report. We have seen during the commission the extensive and delicate work it has done with victims of child sexual abuse and they have been an absolute example of how our judicial system can work to help bring about justice for those now adults who greatly suffered as children,” said Mr Taylor.

Mr Taylor pointed to the following recommendations which CAPS views as essential for institutions to comply with:

·       Recommendation 6.1 proposes the establishment of a national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse

·       6.2(b) prevention education delivered through Preschool, school and other community institutional settings…to increase children’s knowledge of child sexual abuse and build practical skills to assist self-protective skills and strategies; along with

·       6.2 (c) prevention education for parents delivered through day care, preschool, schools sport and recreation settings and other institutional and community settings. 

Mr Taylor said that CAPS has been preventing child sexual abuse for over forty-five years and has a focus on preventative education for parents, educators and children within the child care, pre-school and school environments over the last five years.

Dr Reina Michaelson has conducted research and education specifically on prevention of child sexual abuse and child abuse for the last 30 years and heads the CAPS prevention programs and research. 

CAPS has developed strong evidence for the direct and lasting impact our Safe Children, Safe Families program has had on all children, including children with intellectual and other challenges and special needs,” said Dr Michaelson.  

When reflecting on the Royal Commission, Mr Taylor said, “The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been one of the most important commissions Australia has ever seen. The opportunity for victims and their families to tell their story and seek justice, and for the Commission to really explore what happened in organisations and institutions over the many decades is incredibly important. The recommendations go a long way toward establishing community and organisational standards and culture change”.

The recommendations will have far reaching implications across multiple sectors, with direct implications for any agency working with children, including education, sports, foster care, employment, policing, legal, and recreation services. Former Commissioner Fitzgerald will present the findings and recommendations during the Safe Children Conference; ‘Making the future safer for our children on Friday, 2 March 2018 in Sydney to assist anyone wanting to know more about the recommendations.

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